A: We’ve arrived!
Q: What did you think when Jeopardy featured a “Graphic Novels” category and Tim Hamilton was a clue?
§ More arrival! The LA Times has added a Graphic Novel category to its book prizes. The nominees for 2009 are:
“Luba” by Gilbert Hernandez
“GoGo Monster” by Taiyo Matsumoto
“Asterios Polyp” by David Mazzuchelli
“Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe” by Bryan Lee O’Malley
“Footnotes in Gaza” by Joe Sacco< [Via Sean T. Collins]
§ Tim O’Shea interviews with James Kochalka on the matter of Superf*ckers:
James Kochalka: Not every character swears. The ones that should swear, do. It fits their personality, a kind of “I can do whatever I want because I’m awesome”, and that includes insane wanton swearing. The swearing is also pretty creative at times, it’s often not just straight up swearing. And it makes the action more dramatic. For instance, instead of yelling “I’m going to punch you” or even “I’m going to fuckin’ punch you”, at one point Jack Krak yells something like “I’m going to fuck your face with my fist”. That’s just way snappier sounding, isn’t it?
To me it isn’t even really an issue of funnier or not. It’s just an issue of the characters being as awesome and overblown as they can be.
Speaking of Kochalka, he has a kickstarter account up to fund to development of his video game Glorkian Warrior.
§ An interview with Dame Darcy. Did not know she was doing a TV show with Lisa Hammer, but that makes sense.
§ We are informed that the 9th issue of Matt Thurber’s Le Sketch is now available.
In this issue, cartoonist and illustrator Matthew Thurber presents an array of 14 sketches featuring electric demigods, esoteric scribbles, smiling cats and dogs and allegorical creatures that would happily eat you up in a blink. All printed in red carnelian and a spanky purple!
Dark Horse gets in the video race with a new program to get folks to send in photos of themselves reading Dark Horse comics.
Send a photo of yourself that involves Dark Horse and you may get the chance to appear in an ad featured in the pages of your favorite comics!
We’ll be posting photos of fans on our Facebook page, as well as on web-banners, our website, and at conventions to show the world that what truly matters — our readers.
Email your photos to email@example.com along with your name and occupation to enter.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.